By Doyle Woody
Anchorage Daily News
ANCHORAGE, Alaska – The Alaska Aces’ scoring avalanche began cascading over the Victoria Salmon Kings early Saturday night, and it proved as unrelenting as it was suffocating. In the course of burying the Salmon Kings 8-2 before a throaty, cowbell-ringing crowd of 5,533 partisans at Sullivan Arena, the Aces raced out to a three-goal lead before the first intermission, generated five power-play goals, chased Victoria goaltender Todd Ford and protected their home-ice advantage.
All that assured them that, at worst, the best-of-7 ECHL West Division finals series they lead 2-0 will return to Anchorage.
Buoyed by a five-point explosion from winger Colin Hemingway, the Aces held serve in a series that now moves to Victoria for Game 3 Wednesday, Game 4 Friday and, if necessary, Game 5 Saturday.